Oak Hill Academy post player David McCormack said he's been interested in the University of Louisville for a while, but the staff really peaked his interest recently when they told him what U of L coach Rick Pitino was looking for in the Class of 2018.
"The one thing I keep hearing is that coach Pitino wants his next Montrezl Harrell," McCormack said.
Harrell is the former U of L All-American who holds the school record for career dunks and now plays in the NBA for the Houston Rockets. U of L is searching for a power forward and a center in the Class of 2018.
The 6-foot-10, 290-pound McCormack is one of the post player targets who recently visited campus.
"That's what they want to turn me into - the next Montrezl Harrell," McCormack said. "Another beast."
McCormack made the trip to U of L on Easter weekend with his mother. Pitino was out of town that weekend, but McCormack said he understood and noted his relationship with assistant Kenny Johnson "is really great."
"It was a great visit," he said. "Coach Pitino was not able to be there but it was understandable because it was Easter and he was with his family. But the campus was great and the atmosphere was outstanding.
"I got to go to the Yum arena, which was great. I like the culture and the basketball history around the program."
Johnson and assistant David Padgett saw him the first evaluation period two weeks ago with his Team Loaded Va., in Dallas and Pitino watched him twice last weekend in the Atlanta area.
McCormack said he "hopes the relationship" between he and the staff continues.
"I like them a lot," he said. "And I think my game is going to get better. My game is still evolving, trying to help my self get better. My mid-range is good and I need to shoot better from outside, but I know where my bread and butter is (in the post).
"I just have to attack my body from all angles, work on everything. Once I attack my body, I can get better."
McCormack currently has 29 scholarship offers, including Duke, Baylor, South Carolina and others. He averaged 10.6 points and 8.6 rebounds a game last season at Oak Hill.